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Celebrating Senior High Graduates

 
Next weekend the Class of 2020 will miss out on experiencing a traditional commencement ceremony.  For them, this rite of passage will forever be marked by being quarantined in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  “You are chosen,” said movie superstar and author, Tom Hanks in a video directed to this group. More than ever, our world awaits your contributions of energy, ingenuity, compassion, and leadership.  You may not process to Pomp and Circumstance or be handed your diploma, but we celebrate you for who you are and what you have accomplished. 
 
 
 
We celebrate the following students, being graduated from their respective schools, who have been part of our church community as identified by Cory Myers: 
 
Maria Carillo High School
Tom Anderson Esther Beaulac Sophie Carlton
Christina Donaldson Grace Evans Catherine Fields 
 
Charles Kirby Lucas Koeller Jenna McGovern
Alicia Minkle Faith Murray Marcus Wolski
     
Santa Rosa High School
Will Averbuck Jack Foley Sophie Gospe
  Kate Price  
     
Windsor High School
  Ethan Takekawa  
 
We were unable to confirm schools for each of the following students:
Sophia Bello, Caitlyn Bogden, Taylor Bogden, Ollie Briggs, Patrick Cooper, Sophie Doig, Alex Manfield

Memorial Day Holiday


The last Monday of May (May 25, 2020) is the day we as a nation honor the men and women who died while serving in the U. S. military.  It is has become a tradition for the President, as Commander and Chief of the military, to visit Arlington National Cemetery and place a memorial wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Inscribed on the back of the tomb are these words:  Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.  Let us, as a community of faith, remember in prayer the families of all those who sacrificed their lives for our country as well as our veterans who served alongside them and those who currently serve in a military role.

Sunday Fellowship via Zoom

May 24, 2020 11:30 AM

We invite you to join us for a time of fellowship at 11:30 AM on Sundays via the zoom invitation (below).  We’ve added structure to our gathering to optimize our time together with a host calling on each participant.
 
 Zoom Fellowship link

Meeting ID: 973 7870 7245   
Password: 709119

We Grow


Adult Discipleship Class
"Biblical Principles for Political Decision-Making"

Taught by Rev. Dr. Kent A. Webber 
Tuesday, 4:30 - 5:45 PM via Zoom, May 19 through June 23
 
Course Study Guide available upon request: Kent@fpcsantarosa.org
 
There is a dangerous misunderstanding in our American culture that since our constitution enshrines the separation of church and state, this means that faith and politics must also be kept separate as well.  Nothing could be further from our biblical mandate!  This class seeks to understand God's guidance for our political decision-making as elaborated in Holy Scripture rather than affirm any political party platform. 
 
Zoom Meeting link
 
Meeting ID: 758 425 444   
Password: 926535
 
To attend by phone only, dial: 1-669-900-6833
When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 758425444
You will be able to hear Kent teaching and any questions that are asked.  Your phone will be muted to decrease ambient noise. To participate in the discussion, unmute your phone by pressing *6 on your telephone keypad.
 
To view last week’s recorded version of the class, click here.
 


Adult Discipleship Small Group

Led by Donna & Mark Thomas
 
A new small group has been formed for the duration of social distancing referred to as the Encouraging Scriptures Group.  It meets every Wednesday from 1-2 PM via Zoom. To learn more contact Donna at:  donnacthomas@gmail.com or call (707) 292-5788.
 


Enlighten Up!


Tina Ramirez speaking on “Defending the Persecuted”
Sunday, May 31 – 7 PM via Zoom
Mark your calendar for a special online Zoom meeting with Tina Ramirez. Details will be provided soon.

We Care


Since mid-March our Disaster Response Team has met weekly to address financial assistance needs we have been made aware of within our immediate community and beyond resulting from the economic impact of the coronavirus, the 2017 North Bay Fires, and the 2019 Kincade Fire. 

Session has approved allocation of $30,883 in financial assistance to 28 households for housing related expenses (from the fires) or as support following loss of work-related income (due to business closures, work furloughs, or job loss resulting from the pandemic). The Disaster Relief Fund has received contributions in the amount of $10,700.  The current balance of this fund is $71,136.
     
To use Zoom by phone for any Zoom call you may dial one of these numbers: 
+1 669.900.6833
US (San Jose)
+1 346.248.7799
US (Houston)

For outside the US, locate your local number.
     

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. ~James 3:17-18 NRSV

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